The Crandall Chargers men's and women's cross country teams made their return to ACAA competition on Saturday, posting impressive performances on both sides. Hosted by Holland College at Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park in Brookvale, PE, this was the first league meet since the 2019 season.
Rookie Sean Finnigan of Oromocto, NB took a commanding victory in the men's race, crossing the line in a time of 32:04. Rookie Will Ross of Margaree, NS and fourth-year athlete Aaron Reimer of Moncton, NB followed-up in 7th and 8th place, running times of 35:58 and 36:01, respectively. Second-year athlete Logan Nickerson of Barrington, NS rounded out the team result with a 13th place finish and a time of 41:14. Second-year athlete and men's team captain Charles Taylor of Edmonton, AB and rookie Jacob Stewart of Moncton, NB finished in 18th and 21st with times of 43:22 and 48:05, respectively.
With a final score of 24 points, the men's team recorded a historic second-place finish. Mount Allison led the way with 14 points, while Holland College placed third with 40 points.
On the women's side, third-year student and team captain Mary MacLean of Valley, NS led the way with a 4th place finish and a time of 29:26. Rookie Makayla Somers of Fredericton, NB placed 22nd in a time of 41:03.
"The pandemic has been challenging for sports teams everywhere – we're all just so happy to be back together and racing," said Head Coach Brandon LeBlanc. "For Sean to take the win, Mary to finish 4th, and our men's team to place second, is all just icing on the cake. We're looking forward to the next race."
The Chargers will next compete on October 2nd in Church Point, NS in the second ACAA league meet, hosted by Université Sainte-Anne.